Captain Lewis Bruce insists his Peterborough Town team are pleased to be tackling some tougher Northants Premier Division opposition tomorrow (May 23).
Town host Rushden at Bretton Gate in a battle between two sides with 100 per cent winning records.
Town, who will be protecting a two-year unbeaten home record, have sauntered through their first four games this summer with no opposition batting line-up yet to reach 100.
Stony Stratford came close last weekend before falling for 99 and a 143-run defeat.
“It should be a bit harder this weekend,” Bruce admitted. “And to be honest we need some tougher tests.
“The opposition has been weak so far and, while winning is great, we will relish the challenge Rushden present.
“I’d still be disappointed if we didn’t beat them though. We smashed them at home last season when they were bowled out for about 80.
“They should be better than the other teams we’ve played though. Some of our opponents so far have struggled to hit the ball off the square or run between the wickets properly.”
Town’s top order batting and their bowling attack has been impressive this season, but Bruce will want to see better batting form from his middle order.
He’s expected to draft in talented Stamford School all-rounder Mohammed Danyaal in place of seamer Kieran Jones for the Rushden match.
Town have organised a triangular warm-up against the Cambs Minor Counties side and the Cambridge University team at Bretton Gate on Monday (May 25, 10am start). Cambs are preparing for the first Minor Counties Twenty/20 competition which starts on May 31.
Town have enjoyed plenty of success in cricket’s shortest format in recent seasons, notably last year when reaching the last four of the ECB National Club Championships.
Bourne will represent Lincs in the national rounds if they win Winkworth Cup Finals day at Sleaford on Monday. Bourne have been drawn against Grantham in their semi-final.